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Today’s forecast...Windy! A Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with honey and spices, a great beer for quenching the thirst of Chicago. Windy City Wheat swirls in the mouth with a pleasant sweetness and a zesty, orange-citrusy fruitness settling nicely into the honey tones.

Chi-Town Windy City Wheat "90 Points" & Gold Medal from the World Beer Championships (Wit Category)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrnkMcDermott (2869) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle from Binny’s $10 build-a-6er rack. Slightly hazy gold pour, thin layer of foam with some coating on the glass. Spicy wit smell, perhaps a bit too much spice when they should have trusted a wit yeast to do the job. Taste has some wheat beer quality to it. But there’s just a hint of soap at first. Then a standard wheat beer taste that just sits there. Well, I won’t give up hope, I just hope they can tune this better once they have their own brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Pale yellow pour with ahead that disappeared during the pour. Aroma was wheat and a little lemon. Taste was wheat, lemon and a little watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7265) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a short-lived white head. The aroma picked up orange peel and wheat over a honey and bready base.. not all that interesting, but no complaints. The flavor found honey and lighter fruity notes at the core, with orange zest, dry wheaty notes, and black pepper around.. finished dry and a little scratchy, with more wheat character. Light-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. grainy and a little sour.. solid feel and flow.. this was very drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Pours a hazy yellow with no head or lacing. I couldn’t smell anything. Very sweet citrus taste with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Narnad (1485) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2011
From the bottle it pours a slightly hazy, deep golden color with a modest white head with some staying power. Aroma has some light lemon citrus notes, mild spicy notes from the yeast with a touch of honey and finishes with mild wheat presence. Flavor overall okay. Lemon and orange notes hit first with some watered down clove spiciness, light honey sweetness and a slight wheaty ending. Body is light with a good amount of carbonation to provide a bit of a sharpness to it. Overall a decent brew to have a couple of while doing yard work or lounging around the house but just not too flavorful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very light clear golden, not really Belgian-wit color. Aroma is lightly floral, vanilla, coriander. Flavor follows, orange peel, vanilla, finishes gritty with a pale lager like malt quality. As it warms and airs that honey is noticeable in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (4369) - Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Heavy dense wheat beer, the Belgian yeast strain really Makes it heavy murky banana flavors. Oops, broads will like it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (3219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Based on the yellow bottle and the name, I figured this would be a take off on Goose Island 312 but it’s a sort of Belgian-ish pale ale. It’s a cloudy orange yellow w/ a small white head. Nose is a tinge of citrus and some floral notes. The wheat and Belgian yeast character come out once tasted w/ its slight thickness in texture and moderate sweetness complimenting them. Actually, I bet if you took 312 and subbed in a mild Belgian yeast strain, you might come up w/ something like this. This is a nicely balanced lighter ale and pretty tasty as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Draft at Plainfield MWBF. Pours a hazy gold with a sticky white head. The nose is quite bland, offering very little. Perhaps some bread and orange notes, but not really. On tasting, pretty much Blue Moon light, if that’s possible. Really lacking character and just very blah. Wish I had more to say, but there’s not much to say...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JMerritt (1867) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Pale yellow, small white head. Standard blah wheat ale - semi sour, grainy, some sour feet.

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